Oct 11, 2012 7:00am PDT
the main, underlying story lines for both candidates. so, for joe biden, does he reinforce this idea that the white house is kind of tired and out of ideas? that's what the romney campaign has been pushing. for ryan, does he underline this idea that the ticket is basically hiding their true beliefs and their true numbers? if either one of those does that, then it carries on the story line. otherwise, it's just sort of fodder for a couple of days, but it just essentially disappears. >> john, there's a generation gap between the vice president and the congressman. how do you think that will affect the tone of the debate, if at all? >> reporter: well, it will be an interesting thing to watch. you can imagine it affecting the tone in terms of remember when geraldine ferraro debated george bush, there was a gender gap in that case, and she snapped back at him when he seemed to be patronizing on the question of foreign policy. there could be a situation here where joe biden could look sort of a little, you know, look, sunny, and that would end up being kind of a gaffe. but i think other th
Oct 13, 2012 5:00am PDT
if the president can do the same. >> you coached romney, brett. how would you approach him if you were the president and what would you say are his weak spots? >> well, both men are not very good when they get on the defensive. so, you know, both have to be on the offense. but that's tricky in a town hall debate because the audience is also a participant in the debate and so i think going too strongly on offense like vice president biden did a couple of nights ago would be a mistake. so you have to -- you have to balance between going on offense but also making sure you're effectively connecting with the voters in the audience. >> alan, brett mentioned we're going a town hall style format. how significantly different is that. from what we've seen over the years, how do you win here? >> it's a very different format. it's a completely different feel. brett is absolutely right this question is how aggressive you can be. the important thing for the candidates is to really listen to those questions that are being asked and be very responsive to those. people hate it when politicians duck qu
Oct 14, 2012 6:00am PDT
"really" and more. first the headlines for this sunday morning the 14th of october, 2012. both president obama and his republican opponent mitt romney are spending the day preparing for tuesday night's debate on long island. romney is at his boston area home. mr. obama is at a resort in williams burg, virginia. millions of voters have already cast their ballots in the presidential race by voting early. the group human rights watch says syrian activists have posted videos online which provide evidence that government troops are using cluster bombs against the rebels. cluster bomb are banned by most countries because of the danger to civilians. the navy reports two of its ships collide off the east coast yesterday. no injuries were reported. the collision of an aegis cruiser, the san jacinto and a submarine the montpelier during what officials called routine training. after a night of slow but steady progress through los angeles streets the space shuttle endeavor is just about in position to launch the next chapter of its life. endeavor will be on display at the california science museum.